John B Spencer
died in March. He was 57 though the first time I saw him in about 1986 he looked about 86 so his early demise isn't that much of a surprise.
No one will have heard of him but he was brilliant. Truly brilliant, in that he lit up all around him and inspired the pathetic likes of me. Read his lyrics, hear his albums and just sit and wonder at the genius of the public to ignore such talent. Sorry, my blog doesn't appear to be publishing and I didn't want his death to go unremarked.
Google doesn't offer much but this is good enough.
posted by Fat Buddha
on Jul 12, 2002 -
The King of the Jukebox who disturbed the status quo
They called rock music jump blues
during the World War II era, and this amazingly talented clown
was its master, with over fifty Top 10 R&B hits -- eighteen
reached #1 -- between 1942 and 1951. Chuck Berry identified with him "more than any other artist."
James Brown said, "He was everything"
and considered him one of the earliest rappers. A pioneer of music video
, the first black artist to cross over
from the "race" market to a white audience and a central link between big bands and rock
, he was a primary influence on Bill Haley
, Ray Charles
and B.B. King, who once said, "I wanted to be like him." Rest in peace
, Louis Jordan. [Dozens of one-minute song clips here
posted by mediareport
on Jul 10, 2002 -
Director John Frankenheimer is dead.
I don't want to make this out to be one of those "random celebrity dies and is suddenly hailed as a genius" things, but Frankenheimer's made quite a few damn good movies
(and, yes, some bad ones). While his later works
weren't nearly as great as some of his earlier films
, his gift for filming action never went away: his 1998 film Ronin
wound up on several lists
of the "best car chases on film". He was supposed to helm the upcoming Exorcist prequel
, but failing health forced him to step aside. Despite the dodgy source material, I would have really liked to see Frankenheimer's take on it. He'll be missed.
posted by toddshot
on Jul 6, 2002 -
A great music editor passes on.
Timothy White, editor-in-chief of Billboard Magazine
, died suddenly of a heart attack today. He was a fixture of music journalism. He and his bow-tie will be missed.
posted by aeiou
on Jun 27, 2002 -
Former porn star Linda Lovelace dies...
Who could forget the classic pr0n movie of all time...Deep Throat
and that SONG! Can anyone find the intro song (and self-titled) to Deep Throat??
Unfortunately, the movie is also a classic example of women being forced into the pornography business which later led to Lovelace becoming an anti-pornography advocate.
posted by gloege
on Apr 24, 2002 -
Hollywood loses another giant.
Billy Wilder passes on at 95. Just the quick list of movies at the top of the article gives me pause..Stalag 17, Some Like it Hot, The Seven-Year Itch
. Damn, this is definitely a sad week in the entertainment business.
posted by PeteyStock
on Mar 28, 2002 -
The Lion of Kabul has died.
He survived mistreatment at the hands of the Taliban and even lived through a grenande attack, but it was finally old age that put him in his grave. I'm hoping he's symbolic of the Afgan people -- that they will see their troubled times through to the end.
posted by Wildcat3
on Jan 26, 2002 -
Headlines You'd Never have seen b4 9-11
Owner of world's largest U.S. flag dies at 72
Thomas Demski, who owned the world's largest American flag, according to the Guinness Book of World Records, has died. He was 72.
This is what passes for news.
posted by Blake
on Jan 22, 2002 -
Film, TV Director Ted Demme Dies
"Demme was participating in a celebrity basketball game at the private Crossroads School when he was stricken Sunday, said Ted Braun, a spokesman for Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center.
Paramedics rushed Demme to the hospital's emergency room in full cardiac arrest. He was pronounced dead 20 minutes later.
Demme, a nephew of director Jonathan Demme, directed Johnny Depp and Penelope Cruz in last year's "Blow." The film was based on the true story of George Jung, who was the American connection to the Colombian cocaine cartel in the late 1970s and early '80s when the drug became hip. "
posted by dgeiser13
on Jan 14, 2002 -
Feeder drummer Jon Lee found dead
"JON LEE, drummer with Welsh rock trio FEEDER, has been found dead in his MIAMI home after committing suicide."
are one of my favourite bands. In my eyes a tragic loss. What drives (apparently successful) people such as Jon to suicide? Especially since they've just had a track in UK Top 20...
posted by robzster1977
on Jan 9, 2002 -
is gone. Juan Garcia Esquivel, Godfather of Space-Age Bachelor Pad Music, Avatar of Wildly Panning Hi-Fi Stereo Effects, and Owner of the World's Geekiest Pair of Glasses, died last Thursday, due to complications from a stroke, at his home in Juitepec, Morelos, Mexico. He was 83 years old. (more inside)
posted by MrBaliHai
on Jan 8, 2002 -
Mary Whitehouse dies.
Whitehouse was a campaigner for what she considered taste and decency on TV. So that meant no swearing, no violence, absolutely no sex (no matter who was doing it) and certainly no fun. Her perfect schedule would have been church services, cookery programmes and happy news about animals. For some peculiar reason she targetted Doctor Who in particular during the 70s for being too scary for children which led to that show moving from a taste for horror to tasteless kitch. Oh and Channel Four for be about young people, for young people. As former C4 controller Michael Grade relates: "She really wanted television to be propaganda for a very moral view of the world, not the imperfect world we live in. She was really detached from the reality of the creative process."
posted by feelinglistless
on Nov 23, 2001 -
Mary Kay Ash, the founder of Mary Kay®
Cosmetics died today. It looks like they were anticipating
it. Not only did she found what grew to be a huge company(in the male-dominated 60s), she inspired people to be successful. I was never a big fan of the pink Cadillacs, but reading some of this made me a fan.
posted by hotdoughnutsnow
on Nov 22, 2001 -
As a youngen, I was very much enamored with Ken Kesey's questioning soul and his flare for the wild. His novels provided much comfort as I tried to navigate my way through those conforming years we all know as high school. May he RIP.
posted by Ms Snit
on Nov 11, 2001 -
Author Ken Kesey
in critical condition in Eugene. . .He's been sort of a local celeb around here. Cuckoo's Nest is still one of the major works of the 20th Century even though he never wrote anything approaching it. I hope that he survives to write more and is seen again cruising in his Caddy convertible.
posted by Danf
on Nov 9, 2001 -
Notorious American correspondence player and chess writer
'A convicted murderer who was
sentenced to death but reprieved, Bloodgood was the best
known of US prisoner players.'
I love obituaries. And what could be sweeter than the cold hand of death dragging Chess Rogues
down to Gehanna?
posted by crunchburger
on Oct 29, 2001 -
When it rains, it pours... "Emily Couric, who kept her seat in the state Senate and became head of the state's beleaguered Democratic Party after learning she had cancer, died Thursday. The sister of NBC's Today show co-host was 54."
..I'd been wondering why Maria Shriver was substituting for Katie this week. I guess now we know.
posted by ZachsMind
on Oct 18, 2001 -
Man Woman and the Sea Jailcell
The son of Ernest Hemmingway, Dr. Gregory Hemingway, died on Monday from natural causes in his private jailcell at the Miami-Dade Women's Detention Center. No, not a typo there: Gregory, who occassionally also went as "Gloria", had been arrested on relatively minor charges ... emerging naked from a state park in the Florida Keys.
posted by bclark
on Oct 5, 2001 -